Transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation
Ministerial Advisory Panel on the FFMC
In 2017, the Government of Canada engaged harvesters and communities on the future of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC). The engagement found that many harvesters still value the FFMC and its services but want more control over their industry.
In line with what we heard, we established an advisory panel to explore ways to transform the FFMC so it remains modern and competitive in today’s open market. The panel explored new governance and ownership models that support collaboration and cooperation amongst fish harvesters and involve them in decision making. As part of its review, the panel assessed opportunities for new partnership arrangements with organizations that could play a role in these new models for the FFMC.
The panel provided its findings to the Minister in June 2019.
Interlocutor on the transformation of the FFMC
In September 2019, based on the recommendation of the Ministerial Advisory Panel, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard appointed an Interlocutor to lead the next steps in the FFMC’s transformation process.
The Interlocutor conducted over 30 engagement sessions with harvesters and other stakeholders in the freshwater fishery including Indigenous leaders, non-governmental economic development organizations and representatives of federal and provincial government. In March 2020, the Interlocutor established an Interim Committee of Inland Fish Harvesters to advise him in assessing the feasibility of transforming the FFMC.
The Interlocutor provided his report to the Minister in September 2020, which can be viewed here.
- Report of the Interlocutor on the Transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
The Government of Canada is committed to a successful transition of the FFMC, and enabling the continued viability of the freshwater fishing industry. The success will be enhanced through support and input from interested stakeholders and partners, including harvesters, communities which rely on freshwater fisheries, Indigenous groups, and Provincial and Territorial governments.
Until this transition is complete, the FFMC will continue to operate under its current mandate and provide its key services to harvesters and their communities.
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About the FFMC
The FFMC is a federal crown corporation established in 1969 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Under the Freshwater Fish Marketing Act, the corporation has the exclusive right to market and trade freshwater fish in interprovincial and export markets. This applies to designated products supplied by participating jurisdictions. The FFMC’s mandate is to:
- purchase all fish lawfully harvested and offered for sale in its jurisdiction
- create an orderly market
- promote international markets
- increase fish trade
- increase returns to fishers
FFMC seeks to do this through effective marketing, efficient supply chain management and value-added processing of quality freshwater fish products.
Over the past 10 years, FFMC’s operating environment has undergone the following significant changes.
- In 2011, Ontario withdrew from the act in favour of an open market, followed by Saskatchewan in 2012.
- In 2014, Alberta closed its commercial in-land fishery, but remains a signatory to the act.
- In 2017, Manitoba withdrew from the act, creating an open market in the province.
Currently, the Northwest Territories is the only participating jurisdiction under the act. However, harvesters in other jurisdictions may sell to FFMC under contract, and many have already chosen to do so.
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